By: Robert Davis
What would you do if someone entered your family store with a shotgun and demanded you hand over all the money in the register?
For Tina Ring, 53, and her daughter Ashley Lee, 30, the choice was easy: Fight back.
According to reports from ABC13 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the duo fought off a would-be robber with two handguns they had stashed under the register.
A masked man entered Forest Acres Liquor, pointed his shotgun at Ring, and demanded money. Ring said all she could think about was saving her daughter’s life.
“I didn’t want him to hurt my daughter,” Ring told Tulsa World.
The man, identified by police as Tyrone Lee, was hit multiple times by bullets from both Ring and Ashley Lee. He was reportedly taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, but his condition has improved.
In the store’s security camera footage, the robber confronts Ashley Lee at the front counter. He holds the shotgun towards her as she opens up the register and allows him to rifle through it.
Then, the robber turns as if he’s going to leave the store. That’s when Ashley Lee and Ring crouch behind the counter and grab their handguns. The suspect returns, and Ring fires her first shot.
Ring fires one round from behind the counter, and at least one more round as the suspect is making his way toward the door.
The robber then tries to wrestle the gun away from Ring. As the two are fighting, Ashley Lee fires at the robber, striking him in the back.
According to Ring’s 33-year-old son, Justin Christian, this is the first time someone has attempted to rob the store. He said there have been people who left with bottles. Other times, windows were broken. This is the first time the family has dealt with violence in the store.
“You got to do what you got to do to protect yourself and other people,” Christian told Tulsa World.
Robert Davis is a journalist from Colorado. He covers defensive gun use and Second Amendment litigation for Gunpowder Magazine. Contact him at RobertDavis0414@gmail.com.*
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